Wilson v. Dynatone Publishing Co.

(United States Second Circuit) – Held that a copyright ownership claim was timely filed. The statute of limitations was not triggered by the defendants’ act of registering their competing claim of ownership in the Copyright Office. Denied a petition for rehearing, in a dispute over ownership of renewal term copyrights in certain musical compositions and …

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TCA Television Corp. v. McCollum

(United States Second Circuit) – In an action for copyright infringement brought by successors-in-interest of the estates of William ‘Bud’ Abbott and Lou Costello against the author and producers of the play The Hand of God, the District Court’s judgment in favor of defendants is affirmed where, although defendants’ verbatim incorporation of more than a …

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Tanksley v. Daniels

(United States Third Circuit) – Affirmed the dismissal of a TV producer’s complaint alleging that the popular Fox Television series Empire infringed his copyright in a television pilot he had created a decade earlier. Moving to dismiss, the defendants contended that there was no substantial similarity between the two television shows. Agreeing, the Third Circuit …

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Cobbler Nevada, LLC v. Gonzales

(United States Ninth Circuit) – Affirmed the dismissal of a copyright infringement action brought against an individual who allegedly downloaded and distributed (i.e., pirated) a movie through peer-to-peer BitTorrent networks. The individual argued that he was not liable for infringement even if the infringing Internet Protocol (IP) address was his, because multiple individuals could connect …

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ABS Entertainment, Inc. v. CBS Corp.

(United States Ninth Circuit) – Reinstated claims for violation of California law copyrights possessed in certain musical performance sound recordings. The plaintiff copyright holders argued that their decision to remaster their pre-1972 analog sound recordings onto digital formats did not bring the remastered sound recordings exclusively under the ambit of federal law. Agreeing with the …

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